Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Rochefort, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4782   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2178) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 2008 rating Bottle, roughly one year after purchase.

Iíve had this beer a number of times over the past couple of years, but Iíve never felt competent to rate it before. Now, my palate seems to be at the place that I can really appreciate what this beer has to offer. It pours a dark, dark brown with a full and long-lived tan head; the aroma is dark brown-sugar caramel with vinous notes and some dried frut. The flavor is a marvel. Toffee and dried fruit on the beginning, but never too sweet; tobacco and light yeasty tones, a midrange through finish that becomes amply bitter but never overblown. The palate is superb, perfected carbonated and not the least bit sticky, just full. There is a bit of alcohol flavor and a little bit of heat here, but surprisingly little considering the 11.3% that it is carrying. 8/5/9/5/17=4.4

This is unquestionably a benchmark beer. Few others are going to match up.

2013 rating Bottle from Whole Foods Roosevelt, immediately following a bottle of Rochefort 8. Pours into my Koningshoeven goblet in a rich brown with a slightly smaller head than the 8. This is a boozy big brother to the Rocheford 8. Tasting this, I better appreciate the dry finish and hidden alcohol of the Rochefort 8. Massive dried plummy aroma with brown sugar and plenty of booze. The contrast with the 8 is really striking. Here the flavor is not subtle in the least. Sugar and spiced cake, all that dark fruit, This is not as balanced or well integrated as Westy 12 or St. Bernardus. Itís good, but not as good as I thought it was the first time around. Today Iíd go about 8/4/8/4/17=4.1. In other words, darn good and a 99-100 percentile beer, but not the best quad available regularly let alone the best quad on the planet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark thiin color, with a slight head. The hint of banana, and plum is very prominent. Has a banana taste, with the taste of alc. A very delicious beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AugustWest1978 (2) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2006 does not count
In the U.S. we are unable to get the Apt 12 but I canít imanage how good it must be because this beer the rochefort 10 is insane! It sends you to a different world with its smell and taste. not going to try to describe it in detial....just WOW!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blastoff (21) - Alabama, USA - DEC 21, 2006
if westv. 12 is better, i want to know what iím missing! this is one fine beer. the cap is awesome too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Fresh bottle purchased and consumed in Bruges, Belgium. Wonderfully creamy with excellent roast background married well with the interesting fermentation characters. Subtle phenols of bubble gum and clove heavily masked by dark fruits (plum, prune). Massively complex and delectable. One of the worldís greatest when fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tplindler (37) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Thick, dark pour with nice lacing. Let stand for a bit after pouring so the dregs can fall out. Rather sweet, fruity/licorice taste. Very very good, but also expensive ($6.50/bottle @ wholesaler).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2006
bottle- what can I say? It smells of liquorice- looks and sounds very much like a cola of some sort. It tastes, gorgeous. In every sense of the word. If I could make love to a beer., It would probabaly be this one. wow. Itís sweet. but balanced. Debatably the best beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rbniland (1) - USA - DEC 19, 2006 does not count
Iíve only had trappistes once. It was one of the best things ive ever tasted. I cant find it anywhere around here is there any chance that anyone in MD knows where to get them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Bottle at bar volo. Easily on my top list of beers that I have had the opportunity to taste and drank way too many times. Creamy mouthfeel with brown sugar on the tongue. A rush of plum, caramel, cardamom, coriander and raisins, with a sweet chocolate finish. Nose is flowery with vanilla and oak on the scent. One of my favourites to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
LomYst (642) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2012 Awesome... definitely.. It has a great complex taste full of flavours like chocolate.. dark fuits.. wallnut... malts, rye, coffey.. same stuff is apparent in the aroma.. And itís body is unbelievable full.. again awesome.. one of the best things I ever drank...

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